Ohio State Men’s Tennis A through Z

The Ohio State men’s tennis team accomplished quite a bit in 2007-08 and the Buckeyes are looking forward to an even more successful 2009 campaign. Even though it is December, it is never too early to prepare as the season is less than month away. The Scarlet and Gray will host the Ohio State Invitational Jan. 9-11 in The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center before kicking off the dual season Jan. 21 vs. Butler and Xavier in Columbus.

A The list of Ohio State All-Americans has been growing steadily since 2004. A Buckeye has been named an All-American every year since 2004, including current two-time recipients Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke.

B In 2007-08, Balazs Novak went 19-0 in dual play, including an 8-0 ledger in the Big Ten Conference. Novak had an impressive postseason (5-0) as he won all his postseason matches in straight sets. 

C The Buckeyes are three-time Big Ten Conference regular-season and tournament champions. In 2008, Ohio State recorded a combined Big Ten singles record of 53-7 and a total Big Ten doubles ledger of 25-5. Six Buckeyes went through conference play undefeated, including 10-0 records by Bryan Koniecko, Justin Kronauge and Steven Moneke.

D Ohio State amassed a 103-29 (.780) record in doubles play in 2007-08. The Buckeyes completed the season with a 25-5 mark in the Big Ten for a winning percentage of .833.

E Drew Eberly (2005-08), the student-assistant coach for the Buckeyes, climb to the top of the career doubles wins chart in his final season with 118 victories. Eberly tied Ross Wilson (2003-06) for the top spot.

F Freshmen Matt Allare, Balazs Novak and Shuhei Uzawa were impressive in their first year at Ohio State. The trio had a combined overall singles record of 70-23, with all three passing the 20-win mark.

G After three consecutive appearances in the quarterfinals of the NCAA championships, Ohio State will aim to make a deeper run in 2009 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station, Texas. The Buckeyes will get a feel for the state-of-the-art complex when they face the Aggies March 13.

H The Buckeyes have won a school-record 73 consecutive home matches dating back to the 2002-03 season.

I During the past five years, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association has lauded the Buckeyes with numerous honors. In 2008, head coach Ty Tucker was awarded the ITA Region IV Coach of the Year and Bryan Koniecko was named the ITA Region IV Player to Watch.

J Junior Justin Kronauge’s credentials 2008 All-American, Wilson/ITA Midwest Region singles champion (2007) and runner-up (2008), 2008 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor singles championships runner-up, 2007 ITA Midwest and Big Ten Freshman of the Year, unanimous 2008 First-Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten Player of the Week Feb. 13, 2008 and March 11, 2008.

K Bryan Koniecko was the 2008 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Singles Champion. He became the first Buckeye to win the coveted title since current assistant coach Jeremy Wurtzman in 2003. En route to the indoor crown, Koniecko won the Wilson/ITA Midwest Region championship.

L Sixteen of Ohio State’s 35 wins were shutouts. The lopsided victories helped the Buckeyes record program bests for wins in a single season, single-season winning percentage (.946) and longest dual match winning streak (23).

M Steven Moneke ranks in the Top 5 in several program lists. He is second in single-season doubles wins (36-2008), tied for second in single-season singles victories (42-2007) and is fifth in career singles wins with 110.   

N The Scarlet and Gray has made nine-consecutive team appearances in the NCAA tournament all under head coach Ty Tucker.

O Ohio State owned a 10-2 mark against opponents ranked in the Top 25 of the ITA standings in 2007-08. In 2009, the Buckeyes’ schedule does not get any easier as they battle some of the top men’s tennis programs in the nation such as Notre Dame and LSU and always tough Big Ten rival Illinois.

P In the past three seasons, the Scarlet and Gray have recorded perfect 13-0 records in the Big Ten Conference.

Q After making its inaugural team appearance in the NCAA championships in 2000, Ohio State has qualified for the event nine consecutive seasons. The Buckeyes have advanced to the quarterfinals a program-best four times. 

R The Buckeyes finished 2007-08 ranked No. 3 in the ITA team standings.      

S Ohio State went 217-74 (.746) in singles play in 2007-08. Of their 217 victories, the Buckeyes collected 53 wins in the Big Ten Conference (seven losses) for a .883 winning percentage. 

T Three Buckeyes in Bryan Koniecko, Justin Kronauge and Steven Moneke were named unanimous All-Big Ten in 2008.

U Hailing from Chiba, Japan, Shuhei Uzawa made an immediate impact to the Buckeye lineup. He finished his rookie year with a 21-12 overall record and a 16-11 mark in dual action.

V In 2010, The Ohio State University Varsity Indoor Tennis Center’s outdoor counterpart, The Ohio State Field Hockey/Outdoor Tennis Complex will open its gates.

W Steven Williams is the lone freshman on the team. A high school All-American, Williams attended Manlius Pebble Hill High School in Manlius, N.Y.

X The Roman numeral “X” symbolizes the number 10 and it also represents the number of years Ty Tucker has been head coach at Ohio State. Tucker owns a winning percentage of .825 (221-47), which includes 98 victories in the Big Ten Conference (16 losses).

Y Head coach Ty Tucker is preparing the Buckeyes for a youth movement in 2009-10. During the early signing period, Tucker announced four would join the Buckeye roster Chase Buchanan, Wyatt Lippert, Devin McCarthy and Peter Kobelt.

Z Kurt Zaske is one of four seniors on the 2008-09 squad. Zaske, along with Ty Schaub, Bryan Koniecko and Steven Moneke will try to lead the Buckeyes to their fourth-consecutive regular-season and tournament conference title.